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Temple Square
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark District
This photo of Temple Square, circa 1897, shows that the plot housed the tallest buildings in Salt Lake City at the time, namely the Salt Lake Temple, Tabernacle and Assembly Hall.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Built/Founded: 1853
Architect: Multiple
Architectural style(s): Other
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966
Designated NHLD: January 29, 1964[2]
NRHP Reference#: 66000738[1]

Temple Square is a ten acre (40,000 m²) complex located in the center of Salt Lake City, Utah, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon or LDS Church). In recent years, the usage of the name has gradually changed to include several other church facilities immediately adjacent to Temple Square. Contained within Temple Square proper are the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake Assembly Hall, the Seagull Monument and two visitors' centers.



Layout of Temple Square, circa 1893.

In 1847, when Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, Church president Brigham Young selected a plot of the desert ground and proclaimed, "Here we will build a temple to our God." [3] When the city was surveyed, the block enclosing that location was designated for the temple, and became known as Temple Square. [4] Temple Square is surrounded by a high, granite wall that was built shortly after the block was designated for the building of the temple.

The square also became the headquarters of the LDS Church. Other buildings were built on the plot, including a tabernacle (prior to the one occupying Temple Square today) and Endowment House, both of which were later torn down. The Salt Lake Tabernacle, home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was built in 1867 to accommodate the General Conferences of the Church, with a seating capacity of 8,000. Another church building called the Assembly Hall was later built with a seating capacity of 2,000.

As the Church has grown, its headquarters has expanded into the surrounding area. In 1917, an administration building was built on the block east of the temple, to be followed in 1972 by the twenty-eight story LDS Church Office Building, which was, for many years, the tallest building in the state of Utah. The Hotel Utah, another building on this block, was remodeled in 1995 as additional office space and a large film theater and renamed the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. In 2000, the Church purchased the section of Main Street between this block and Temple Square and connected the two blocks with a plaza called the Main Street Plaza. In 2000, the Church completed a new, 21,000 seat Conference Center on the block north of Temple Square.

The Family History Library and the Church History Museum are located on the block west of Temple Square.

Modern usage



Attracting 3 million to 5 million visitors a year, Temple Square is the most popular tourist attration in Utah, bringing in more visitors than the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park. By comparison, Utah's five National ParksZion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches— had a combined total of 5.3 million visitors in 2005. [5]

General Conference


The grounds, which feature a number of gardens, often host concerts and other events; during the Christmas holiday season, hundreds of thousands of lights sparkle from trees and shrubs around Temple Square. The lighting of Temple Square time is a popular event, attended by tens of thousands.

Other uses

The gates outside Temple Square are popular places for those critical of the Church where critics, mainly former members and activist evangelical ministers, often picket and hand out tracts and literature critical of the LDS Church. They are also well-known locations for street musicians to perform, especially during the holiday season.


Salt Lake Temple

The Salt Lake Temple is the largest (of more than 120) and best-known LDS temple. It is the sixth temple built by the church overall, and the fourth operating temple built since the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois.

North and South Visitors Centers

Christus statue in North Visitors' Center

Today, Temple Square features two visitors' centers, called the North Visitors' Center and the South Visitors' Center. The North Visitors' Center was built first and features a replica of The Christus, a statue of Jesus Christ by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. The Christus is located in a domed room with large windows, painted with clouds, stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies. The visitors' centers and grounds are staffed by sister missionaries[6] and senior missionary couples exclusively; no single male missionaries are called to serve on Temple Square. The sister missionaries serving on Temple Square are called from North America as well as around the world, speaking enough languages to cater to the majority of visitors from around the world.

Old Bureau of Information building, which served visitors from 1904 to 1978 (1909 photo).
The Assembly Hall at Temple Square at Christmas time.

Sister missionaries come from many different countries, and provide tours and information in their home languages as well as English. Beginning with the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, sisters have been wearing tags with their national flags along with their missionary name tags.

Conference and assembly buildings

There are three large assembly buildings housed on Temple Square. The smallest of the three is the Salt Lake Assembly Hall, which seats approximately 2,000 and is located on the southwest corner of Temple Square. The Assembly Hall is a Victorian Gothic congregation hall, with a cruciform layout of the interior that is complemented by Stars of David circumscribed high above each entrance. These symbolize the gathering of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (LDS perspective). Construction of the hall began on August 11, 1877 and was completed 1882. [7] It is located just south of the Salt Lake Tabernacle and across from the South Visitor Center near the South Gate. Upon entering Temple Square from the South, the Assembly Hall can be seen to the left (west). The Assembly Hall hosts occasional free weekend music concerts and is filled as overflow for the Church's twice-a-year General Conferences.

The second meeting house is the Salt Lake Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. The Tabernacle was built between 1864 and 1867 and has an overall seating capacity of is 8,000, which includes the choir area and gallery. In March, 2007 the Tabernacle was rededicated after its extensive renovations and restorations were completed. It was rededicated at the Saturday Afternoon Session of the 177th Annual General Conference, in which the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve and other General Authorities and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, broadcast the session from within the Tabernacle rather than in the Conference Center. In addition to housing the choir, the tabernacle is also used for other religious and cultural events.

The largest and most recently built assembly building is the LDS Conference Center. With a capacity of over 21,000, it is used primarily for the LDS Church's General Conference as well as for concerts and other cultural events. The Conference Center was completed in 2000. Attached on the northwest corner of the Conference Center is the Conference Center Theater, a comparatively smaller 850-seat theater for dramatic presentations, such as Savior of the World, as well as concerts and other events.[8]

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Museums and libraries

Family History Library

Located on the block west of Temple Square, the Family History Library is the largest genealogical library in the world and is open to the general public at no charge.[9] The library holds genealogical records for over 110 countries, territories, and possessions. Its collections include over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 742,000 microfiche; 310,000 books, serials, and other formats; 4,500 periodicals; 700 electronic resources.

Church History Museum

Located on the block west of Temple Square adjacent to the LDS Family History Library, this edifice houses collections of Latter-day Saint art and artifacts. The Museum houses permanent exhibits as well as playing host to many temporary exhibits throughout the year.

Past exhibits have included displays and themes from individuals such as artist Arnold Friberg, sculptures and work by Boyd K. Packer, as well as themed historical displays depicting church events.

A panoramic view showing Temple Square from the Conference Center, looking South.

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.  
  2. ^ "Temple Square". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-07-12.  
  3. ^ Quoted in The Salt Lake Temple. Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, March 1993, 2.
  4. ^ Information on Salt Lake Temple Background
  5. ^ Graham, Jim (2006-05-21). "Temple Square still top tourist attraction in Utah". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2006-12-14.  
  6. ^ Law, Kristina (2006). "Sister Missionaries". Retrieved 2006-12-14.  
  7. ^ Assembly Hall on Temple Square, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  8. ^ Conference Center
  9. ^ AAG International Research. "AAG International Research". AAG. Retrieved 2009-10-31.  

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Downtown Salt Lake City
Downtown Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City [1] is the capital and largest city of Utah, with a population of approximately 180,000 (the Salt Lake Metro Area in its entirety has over a million people). It is one of the largest cities in the Southwest region of the United States, although its climate is more similar to the Rocky Mountain region. It lies in the Salt Lake Valley along the Wasatch Front urban corridor, located between the Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west; on the border between the Rocky Mountain and Great Basin geographic regions.

Salt Lake City is well-known as the center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon church), although less than half of the city's residents are members. The city is also known as a base for outdoor recreation, including the many nearby ski resorts just east of the city which were thrust into the world spotlight by the 2002 Winter Olympics.



When traveling to the city, knowledge of Salt Lake's famous grid system is a big plus. The entire valley lies on the same grid system. Most major streets are laid out precisely running north-south or east-west. The origin of the grid is located downtown, on the south-east corner of Temple Square. Street addresses are coordinates within the grid system in intervals of 100 every street. For example, one might speak of the intersection of 700 East and 2100 South as either "seventh east and twenty-first south" or "seven hundred east and twenty-one hundred south" (remember that in conversations, locals usually opt for the first one; try not to get confused between say, 7th East and 21st South and 7 East and 21 South, both of which are very different addresses). Addresses are specific numbers, such as 855 South 1300 East ("Eight fifty-five south 13th east"). North-south streets are generally lettered, while east-west streets are generally numbered. Downtown blocks are 1/8 of a mile in length, but blocks become more irregularly spaced farther from the city center. Most people will recognize the grid as one they studied in school, with a point of origin and 4 quadrants. After getting used to the system, you will find that it is very easy to navigate and simple to understand, although the streets become more and more irregular the farther south you move. It can also get confusing outside of the Salt Lake Valley, where many cities (whether or not they've grown into each other) often have separate systems, so that a single road that divides two cities may have two different names for the grid systems of the two different cities.

Significant neighborhoods in SLC include Downtown, the financial core that's home to Temple Square (the main temple of the Mormon church); Central City, the main residential area of the city, approximately 400 South to 900 South; Sugar House, a commercial/residential district with many funky shops; Federal Heights, an affluent district to the northeast; The Avenues a historical neighborhood with many old buildings; University, the area surrounding the sprawling University of Utah [2] campus and the adjacent VA Medical Center, Research Park, and Fort Douglas; East Bench or Foothill, a residential area bisected by the major arterial road Foothill Boulevard between 900 South and I-80; Capitol Hill, an affluent district just north of Downtown topped by the Utah State Capitol building; Rose Park a residential in the northwest section of the city; and Glendale a residential, primarily Hispanic district to the southwest, home to the International Peace Gardens. The benches are the mostly residential, upper-class communities constructed mostly along the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains on the east side of the valley, although they have recently been growing in the southern valley (the low Traverse Mountains) and the western valley (the Oquirrh Mountains). The east side is traditionally more affluent and conservative than the west side, leading to the expected "cultural rivalries" that you find in other cities with clear divides, although this divide is arguably less pronounced in Salt Lake City than in most major cities.

The Wasatch Front is the region located along the western edge of the Wasatch Mountain Range. It stretches from approximately Brigham City on the north to Santaquin on the south, and includes Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Provo. More than two-thirds of Utah's population are located in this region. One thing to realize is that when people speak of Salt Lake City, they are often referring to Salt Lake Valley as a whole, or at least the suburbs adjoining Salt Lake City immediately to the south. Significant suburbs of Salt Lake City include Sandy (in the southern half of the valley), Murray and Midvale (in the center of the valley), West Valley City and West Jordan (large suburbs immediately to the southwest), and Holladay, which although it only contains a small section of the eastern bench area, is often used to define the entire east bench area (often used colloquially with "Cottonwood"). "Millcreek" is used to define areas a little further north on the east bench and adjacent to Salt Lake City and south of I-80.

People who fly into Salt Lake City to visit the national parks and wild terrain of Southern Utah should keep in mind that just because they're in the same state does not mean they are close; in most cases, Las Vegas is actually closer to the parks. Many of them are about a 5 hour drive away from Salt Lake City.

"This is the Place" Monument
"This is the Place" Monument

Salt Lake City was settled in 1847 by Brigham Young and his followers in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the LDS Church or the Mormon Church, and whose followers are often called Mormons (originally a derogative term, now accepted and widely-used) or, less frequently (but more officially), Latter-day Saints. The Mormons migrated to the Salt Lake Valley following religious conflicts and violence in the East. The city immediately became a major transit point for people moving westward in the California Gold Rush, and the LDS Church's strong practice of missionary work drew converts primarily from Britain, Ireland, and Scandinavia to emigrate to Salt Lake City during the 1850s and 1860s in long "handcart treks", a tradition that is now ingrained in Mormon culture. This migration allowed it to become one of the largest cities in the Old West, although the conservative Church values bucked the typical Old West trend of lawless towns, sheriffs, cowboys, brothels, and rowdy saloons. Pacific Islanders are another group that was significantly recruited by the Church, and Salt Lake City possesses an unusually high Pacific Islander population. The handcart tradition ended with the arrival of the railroad in 1870, which also, with the rise of mining and industry, contributed to the first major influx of "Gentiles" (non-Mormons) into the city.

The "Utah Territory" often clashed with the U.S. government over the LDS Church's practice of polygamy. The most notable clash occurred from 1857-1858 when the government mistakenly believed that Brigham Young, the church leader and governor of the territory, planned to lead a rebellion against the government. The government then sent the military to install their own governor and maintain control over the supposed rebellious colony. Although little actual fighting took place, the event is now known as the Utah War. Brigham Young eventually conceded to their demands, although long fights over the legal status of polygamy continued through the 1880s, with statehood for Utah being denied multiple times and with the federal government passing increasingly harsher anti-polygamy laws throughout the 1870s and 1880s that landed several prominent church officials in jail. In 1890, the LDS Church prophet, Wilford Woodruff, told his members to give up polygamy, a declaration that eventually allowed Utah to achieve statehood, with Salt Lake City as its capital, in 1896.

Although the majority of Utah's residents are still members of the LDS Church (estimates generally range from 60%-70%, although the percentage of practicing members is lower), Salt Lake City itself is less than half Mormon, with some areas (especially areas dominated by ethnic minorities or more artsy areas such as the lower Avenues and Sugarhouse) being lower still.


The climate of Salt Lake City is widely-variable from season to season. It's very dry, averaging from 14-20 inches (350-500 mm) of precipitation per year, much of which falls as snow, which averages from 50-80 inches (125-200 cm) per year. The wide variation is due to the huge elevation changes within the city; the lower amounts are the averages on the valley floor. Summers are hot, long, and particularly dry, while winters are cold and snowy.

Winter (mid-November to early March): Winter is generally a poor time to travel in Salt Lake City, unless you're looking to ski in the nearby ski resorts. Daytime temperatures generally run anywhere from 25°F to 50°F (-4°C to 10°C). Low temperatures are usually below freezing, and on rare occasions can even drop below 0°F (-18°C). Snow falls often, but single snowfalls exceeding about 10 inches (25 cm) are rare, except on the benches. Even when it is not snowing, a phenomenon known as the inversion develops, which traps cold, moist air and air pollutants in the valley, sometimes for weeks on end. This can lead to some of the worst air quality conditions found in the country. The mountains are clear and beautiful during these times, but also quite warm. During an inversion, be prepared for fog on the valley bottom.

Because of the frequency of snow, it takes a very large snowstorm to cripple or shut down the city. Minor snowfalls are basically treated as a daily occurrence in winter, with the city continuing to operate as normal. Generally it takes about 12-15+ inches (30-38+ cm) valley-wide to have a significant effect on the activity of the city, and even more for a citywide shutdown. Despite the frequency of snowfall, it is usually calm (no blizzards are seen in Salt Lake City, unlike in the Midwest or Northeast), and most snowfalls are very light and fluffy (although heavy, wet snowfall can occur). Even though snow is common, there are still far too many people who don't know how to drive in it (often half-jokingly attributed by the locals to transplants from southern California).

Spring (early March to late May): Springs in Salt Lake City are mild, but it is also the wettest and windiest time of year. High temperatures during this time range from about 45°F to 80°F (7°C to 27°C). Low temperatures are cool, and usually still drop below freezing on occasion into April. Although it's the wettest time of year, it's still dry in comparison to many cities in the Midwest or Eastern U.S., and heavy, prolonged rain is rare. Light-to-moderate snowfall can often be found well into April as well. Sunny spring days, which are quite common, offer some of the best weather available in Salt Lake City. However, the snowpack in the mountains usually reaches its peak in early April and doesn't melt entirely until late May or June, so spring is still a poor time to enjoy outdoor summer activities, such as hiking, camping, and boating, in the mountains. However, the ski resorts are usually open until mid-April, and Snowbird is often open longer.

Summer (late May to mid-September): Summer in Salt Lake City is long, dry, and hot. High temperatures during this period range anywhere from 80°F to 105°F (27°C to 41°C). Humidity is very low and nights are usually comfortable. Although a very dry season, powerful Pacific storms can sometimes impact the city as late as early June, prolonging the wet season and keeping temperatures cooler. Mid-June through early July in particular is very dry. From mid-July to mid-September, the monsoon affects Utah, bringing fairly frequent evening thunderstorms to the city. Although sometimes these thunderstorms are very powerful, bringing hail, lightning, and street flooding, they're usually relatively short-lived. Sometimes the humidity is so low that the rain doesn't even reach the valley floor. However, even a "dry" thunderstorm in the valley often drops heavy rain and even hail in the mountains. If you can avoid the thunderstorms, summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities in the mountains. The snow is long-gone by the end of June, and temperatures rarely reach above 80°F (27°C), even during the heart of summer.

Autumn (mid-September to mid-November): Autumn is the best time to visit Salt Lake City. It's usually drier and warmer than spring. Temperatures are comfortable, ranging from 45°F to 80°F (7°C to 27°C) during the daytime. Powerful Pacific storms begin impacting the state by mid-October, but are usually infrequent. Although storms can again start dropping snow in the mountains, the snowpack usually doesn't begin building until November. The first light snowfall and overnight freezing temperatures in the valley usually occur by the beginning of November, and by mid-November, snowfall and cold temperatures should be prepared for. The leaves on the trees reach their brilliant peak color in the mountains in mid to late September and about a month later in the valleys.

Get in

By plane

Salt Lake City International Airport (IATA: SLC), 776 North Terminal Drive, Phone: 801-575-2400, Toll-free: 800-595-2442, [3]. Located on the western edge of the city. It serves as Delta Airlines mid-country hub, with over 120 daily departures for Delta alone. Hotel shuttles and taxis connect the airport with downtown. UTA [4] buses offer a cheap service from downtown to the airport. It has direct international flights to various cities in Mexico and Canada, as well as to Paris and Tokyo.

Airport #2. Located to the southwest of the city in West Jordan, this serves as a regional airport for smaller aircraft.

By car

Interstate 80 slices through the city east-to-west, passing the airport and meeting Interstate 15 west of Downtown. I-80 continues east into the Wasatch Mountains and eventually Wyoming (this route can be closed due to winter weather), and west across the desert to Nevada. I-15 slices through the city and its suburbs north-to-south down the center of the valley, providing access across the entire Wasatch Front, reaching St. George and eventually Las Vegas far to the south and entering eastern Idaho to the north. Interstate 215 provides a loop around the city, providing access to many of its suburbs and running near the airport. U.S. Highway 89 enters from the north parallel to I-15. The new Legacy Parkway runs parallel to I-15 from the north and connects to I-215, providing an alternative to travel into/out of Davis County. Otherwise, there are few routes into the valley due to geographic constraints, although all of the suburbs fit nicely into the grid system of Salt Lake City. Traffic jams are relatively rare, although they can occur, especially along I-15 during rush hour.

By bus

Greyhound, 300 S 600 West (Salt Lake Intermodal Hub), +1 801 355-9579, [5].

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA), +1 801 743-3882, [6]. Operates an extensive bus system all across the Wasatch Front, so you can easily and readily reach Salt Lake City by public transportation from almost anywhere along the Wasatch Front.

By train

Amtrak, 340 South 600 West (Salt Lake Intermodal Hub), [7]. Salt Lake City is served by the California Zephyr, Amtrak's Chicago-San Francisco train. The westbound train (#5) arrives daily at 11:00PM and departs at 11:30PM; the eastbound train (#6) arrives daily at 4:05AM and departs at 4:35AM.

FrontRunner, [8]. A commuter rail line running between Pleasant View (just north of Ogden) and the Salt Lake Intermodal Hub. Service currently runs every half-hour on weekdays and every hour on Saturdays. One-way fares range from $3-$5.50 depending on how far you travel. A future extension south to Provo is planned by 2013.

Map of Salt Lake City
Map of Salt Lake City

By car

When navigating the city, it is important to have a knowledge of the unique and simple grid system that the city is based on. (See the description under Understand).

The city is very car-friendly due to wide, straight roads and the fact that they're laid out in a simple grid orientation. Although the streets become much more irregular in the suburbs, the grid system maintains itself pretty well within the boundaries of the city (although the east bench makes straight grid-oriented roads impossible, evidenced by the northwest-to-southeast orientation of Foothill Boulevard). Although the grid becomes more irregular the farther away from the city center you move, the numbering system remains consistent, and even named streets have their corresponding "grid number" listed below the name of the road on the street sign. The grid system means that you can easily reach almost every major road from almost every other major road. Car travel is also simplified by the fact that only one major one-way street pair exists in the city (500 South and 600 South).

Salt Lake City is well-served by freeways, with Interstate 15 running straight north-south through the city, running straight past downtown. I-15 through the city is 10 lanes with 2 High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes (more commonly known as "carpool lanes"). I-80 briefly merges with I-15 just west of downtown, and continues west past the airport and east past the Sugarhouse neighborhood, passing a major shopping district and running through a major residential area. I-215 runs through the west part of the city, directing traffic into the city from the western neighborhoods and the northern and southern suburbs. It intersects with I-80 just west of the airport. State Route 201 (often referred to as "SR 201", the "201 freeway", "21st South Freeway", or just the "201"), heads west from I-80's southern merge point along the border with West Valley City, although it mostly serves residents looking to come into or go out of the city. The interchange where the three freeways come together on the border with South Salt Lake is known as the "Spaghetti Bowl".

Although the roads are generally wide and spacious and generously laid out in a grid pattern, the geography of the valley forces transportation to be very north-south oriented, and this can cause severe traffic congestion on all major roads. The worst traffic is seen on I-15 north into Davis County, where rush hour traffic jams are a common sight, throughout the surface roads, especially in the heart of downtown and in the central and southern parts of the city. The Legacy Parkway was recently completed into Davis County and connects with I-215 in the far northern part of the city. This has significantly alleviated traffic during rush hour going into and out of Davis County.

Utah has many drivers on its roads from many different surrounding states and various countries. For the most part, you will find most western US drivers' styles consistent with other urban and rural locations. However, Utah drivers are somewhat known for being more prone to cutting people off and aggressively changing lanes. While driving in any location, the best advice is to safely follow the flow of traffic, whether it is faster in the city or slower in the country, obey all traffic laws, and be patient and courteous to other drivers.

Utah drivers also generally know how to drive in snow, although like anywhere there are still plenty of people who don't (particularly transplants from sunnier locations).

By bus

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) [9] operates an extensive bus system that reaches the entire Wasatch Front, with the most extensive coverage in and around Salt Lake City. Every light rail (TRAX) station in Salt Lake City is connected by several bus routes. Only the most important routes operate during nighttime hours, Sundays, and holidays, although even nighttime routes will often end service around midnight. In winter, service to the four ski resorts located in the Cottonwood Canyons to the east, in the Wasatch Range, is provided. Standard one-way fares are $2, a day pass (which is good for both bus and TRAX rides) is $5, and most of downtown is a free fare zone for all UTA service (bus and light rail).

By train

Another good way to get around the city is on UTA's light rail system, or TRAX [10]. There are two separate lines, both of which begin at the Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub, which is also used by Amtrak, Greyhound, FrontRunner, and UTA buses. The two lines head past EnergySolutions Arena and Temple Square before turning south on Main Street. The University Line splits east along 400 South and serves the University of Utah on the east bench. The other line continues south through Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Murray, Midvale, and ends at the Sandy Civic Center at about 10000 South. Standard fares for all light rail lines are $2 one-way, $4 round-trip, and $5 for a day pass (which includes bus and light rail service). Downtown is a free fare zone for all UTA bus and light rail lines. Three lines are under construction - a Mid-Jordan line into West Jordan and South Jordan, a West Valley City line, and an Airport line - all expected to be completed by 2014.

By bicycle

Salt Lake City offers trails and routes through the city and around the city for bicyclists of all ages. It is legal to cycle on the sidewalk in all but the central blocks of the city; sidewalks tend to be wide and (except for the center of the city) with few pedestrians. Many of the major attractions of the city are accessible by bicycle and it is easy and quick to get out to the zoo or the university by bike.

Several major streets offer bicycle lanes and signed shared roadways, but some of these are too narrow and can place bicyclist in the "car-door zone." In some cases it may be easier to cycle on an adjacent quieter street heading the same direction. Navigation is easy, and if the street you are on looks too busy, there is always an alternative street to choose. The wider streets in the city centre don't make it any easier for cyclists, as they are just taken up with extra car lanes, and are just extra lanes to get across when turning.

There are some off-road paths and mountain bicycling trails, following the Jordan River south from I-80 is a well developed path, but a little desolate in parts. City Creek Canyon is open to bicycles only some days. The Salt Lake City Green Bikeways Map [11] provides detailed bicycle route information about these routes and trails.

Bicycles are permitted on all UTA [12] buses, TRAX and Frontrunner trains. All bus routes have bike racks except for the ski routes and para-transit (on-demand bus service). Bicycle lockers may also be rented from the UTA at several stations.

  • Church History Museum, (just west of Temple Square), [13]. M-F 9AM-9PM, Sa-Su, Holidays 10AM-7PM. This free museum has a permanent display that outlines the history of the LDS church from Joseph Smith until the arrival in Salt Lake City. There is also a rotating display of different LDS themed artwork. The church history portion takes about 30 minutes to walk through if you read the descriptions of the museum pieces. Free.  edit
  • Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 East 400 South, [14]. M-Th 9AM-9PM, F-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 1PM-5PM. One of Salt Lake City's newest and most architecturally unique buildings. It includes unique uses of natural light, plenty of reading space and a rooftop garden. Free.  edit
  • Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 South State Street. Seat of city government since 1894. The building's central clock tower is topped with a statue of Columbia and rises 256 feet (78 m) from the ground. The building has four floors and over one hundred rooms. Onyx lines the hall of each lavishly decorated floor. The third floor houses the mayor's office in the south wing and the city council chamber in the north. Portraits of the city's past mayors up to and including Deedee Corradini line the corridor between these offices. The fourth floor features an exhibit commemorating the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City.
  • This Is The Place Heritage Park, 2601 East Sunnyside Avenue, +1 801 582-1847, [15]. Daily 9AM-5PM. Marking a spot overlooking the valley, where city founder Brigham Young supposedly said "This is the Place," the park features a monument to the Mormon settlers of Utah as well as a recreation of a frontier Utah village with several historical buildings which were moved to the site. Demonstrations of frontier life frequently take place here. $5 adults, $3 children/seniors.  edit
  • Sugar House is one of Salt Lake City's oldest and most interesting neighborhoods. The center of the Sugar House neighborhood is located at 1100 East and 2100 South. In recent years it has become the home of hip shops and the fashionable youth of the city. Sugar House is a mixed-use commercial/residential region located approximately between State Street on the west, 2100 East on the east, 1700 South on the north and 2100 South on the south (2700 South east of 500 East). The area around between 1300 East and 1100 East, and down 1100 East for a short while was recently the location of many of the fashionable shops and youth culture of the region, however because of a major renovation project, many of the unique businesses have relocated to different parts of the city or have been forced to close.
  • Grand America Hotel, 555 South Main Street, (801) 258-6000, [16]. A five star hotel on the south end of downtown. Often rated among the best hotels in america it is certainly one of the most beautiful city hotels in the world. Almost no cost was spared on building the hotel, which was built to be "the best hotel ever built". The hotel features some of the most expensive chandeliers and mirrors in the Western Hemisphere. The hotel has a million dollar mirror.
  • Hogle Zoo, [17]. The local zoo sits at the mouth of Emigration Canyon on the east side of the city. On 42 acres, the zoo's two largest exhibits include elephants and primates.
  • Clark Planetarium, in the Gateway Mall, [18]. Has free exhibits, and for a fee you can watch IMAX movies and laser shows.
  • University of Utah, [19].
    • Utah Museum of Natural History, [20]. On the University of Utah campus. Well known for its Jurassic-era dinosaur skeletons.
    • Utah Museum of Fine Art, [21]. The museum's standing collections are organized by world cultures. It is also the home of touring art exhibitions.
    • Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium, 451 South 1400 East, [22]. The site of the 2002 Winter Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. The torch is on the south end of the stadium. Currently home to the University of Utah football team.
Temple Square
Temple Square

Temple Square [23], in the heart of downtown, is the most visited location in Utah. Temple Square is the world headquarters of the LDS Church and the main attraction is the Church’s Salt Lake Temple, but there are a host of other facilities.

There are numerous missionaries speaking many languages to help to show you around the temple grounds. There are two visitor centers, both with numerous exhibits and video presentations explaining the Mormon faith. There is a free tour from the airport for connecting passengers, weather permitting. Note that non-Mormons are not permitted inside the Temple itself, and even Mormons are not permitted inside the Temple unless they hold a church-issued permit known as a "Temple recommend".

Temple Square also contains the Beehive House and the Lion House (both former houses of city founder Brigham Young), and several LDS administrative and assembly buildings. The LDS Conference Center contains a lot of LDS-related art and architecture as well as a series of waterfalls and carefully-groomed gardens on the roof of the structure. You can also go to the top of the Church Office Building (the tallest building in the city) which offers great views of the area.

Temple Square springs into overdrive twice a year when the LDS church holds its semiannual General Conference, an event that attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. Other popular events on Temple Square include the weekly Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast and "The Christmas Lights at Temple Square." The LDS Church maintains beautiful gardens year-round that are worth seeing if you see nothing else.

  • Liberty Park, between 700 East and 600 East and 900 South and 1300 South, is Salt Lake City's "Central Park" with many different areas for many different activities including a small amusement park (very small), a large pond that sometimes has paddle boats available, fountains to play in, children's play area, swimming pools, tennis courts, bbq areas, plenty of green space, tall shade trees, bike and running paths.
    • Tracy Aviary, [24]. Home to 400 birds in about 135 species (many rare or endangered). The aviary's position inside the large green space of Liberty Park makes it a stop for wild, migrating birds.
  • Sugarhouse Park [25], between 1300 East and 1500 East and 2100 South and I-80 is a large 110-acre park with a small pond, volleyball courts, soccer fields, a baseball diamond, picnic areas, rolling grassy hills and a garden center. The park is popular with runners and walkers, who exercise on the mile park road. The park was built on the former site of the Utah Territorial Prison. The park features a small pond often inhabited by the renowned California Gull, the state bird. Every July 4, one of the largest fireworks shows in the state takes place here, so expect traffic jams around the park after the show and heavy car and foot traffic before.
  • Pioneer Park, on 300 West and 400 South, is home to the outdoor Farmer's Market [26] on Saturdays from June to October. The market is very popular and safe, but the park has a large homeless population and should be avoided at night for safety reasons.
  • Gilgal Sculpture Garden [27], with a small but very unique collection of sculpture
  • Memory Grove [28], featuring several memorials and a meditation chapel
  • Lindsay Gardens, a park in the city's first neighborhood that lies next to a large cemetery. Often serene, the park offers spectacular views of the valley.


Outdoor recreation

Salt Lake City is a major hub for recreational activities of startling variety.

Summer activities, such as camping, hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing, fishing, boating, etc are also popular, as the mountains around Salt Lake City provide outdoor opportunities of all kinds. A 10 to 15 minute drive provides access to dozens of canyon trails for hiking and mountain biking. Red Butte Gardens and the surrounding area, and City Creek Canyon are popular with locals. In addition, SLC is a 5-hour drive away from the major national parks and unique, striking desert sandstone terrain of Southern Utah.

  • Great Salt Lake - shallow, salty lake in northwestern portion of state northwest of Salt Lake City. The Great Salt Lake Marina, operated as a state park, Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina [29]is located on the south shore of the Great Salt Lake, 16 miles west of Salt Lake City along Interstate 80. The Great Salt Lake Marina has 300 slips and is available for year-round boating on the lake that never freezes. Few power boats frequent the lake which makes this large lake with beautiful vistas and expansive night skies an excellent sailing location. The Great Salt Lake Yacht Club [30] organizes sailboat races which occur all summer. The Great Salt Lake is also one of the largest bird refuges in the West, and is home to a large pelican colony on the cliffs of Antelope Island. Antelope Island is a state park and offers a herd of bison, hiking and bird watching.

There are several world class ski resorts accessible within minutes of SLC. Ski Areas in both of the Cottonwood Canyons are served by UTA buses. Park City, the main venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics, is a 40 minute drive up Parley's Canyon. They are famous for the light, fluffy snowfalls caused by the low humidity and the dreaded lake-effect. In addition, some of the heaviest snowfall in the nation occurs in the Wasatch Mountains.

  • Brighton, Big Cottonwood Canyon, [31]. Within 20 minutes of downtown.
  • Solitude, Big Cottonwood Canyon, [32]. 20 minutes from downtown.
  • Snowbird, Little Cottonwood Canyon, [33]. This scenic resort is within 30 minutes of Downtown S.L.C.
  • Alta, Little Cottonwood Canyon, [34]. This resort is also within 30 minutes of Downtown. This resort does NOT allow snowboarding.
  • Park City Resort, [35].
  • The Canyons, in Park City, [36]. About 40 minutes from Salt Lake.
  • Deer Valley, in Park City, [37]. About 40 minutes from Salt Lake. No snowboarding.
  • Utah's main professional sports team is the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Utah's fans are known as being raucous and their home court of EnergySolutions Arena is considered one of the most difficult places to play in the entire NBA. The NBA season lasts from November through mid-April; the playoffs can last as long as early June. It is directly accessible from the TRAX light rail system and service is often increased for games.
  • Real Salt Lake (pronounced ree-awl like in Real Madrid as opposed to the English word real) is a member of Major League Soccer (MLS) and plays their home games at Rio Tinto Stadium in nearby Sandy. It is also directly accessible from TRAX. The season lasts from March through October, with the playoffs lasting into November. They are a fairly new team, having only been established in 2005.
  • The Utah Blaze are part of the Arena Football League (AFL), a fast-paced, indoor version of American football. They play their home games at EnergySolutions Arena. However, due to the financial difficulties of the AFL, the league has suspended play for the 2009 season and the future of the franchise may be in jeopardy.
  • Utah also has two minor-league teams - the Salt Lake Bees minor-league baseball team of the Pacific Coast League who play their home games at Spring Mobile Ballpark south of downtown (which is served directly by TRAX) and the Salt Lake Grizzlies minor-league hockey team of the ECHL, who play their home games at the E Center in West Valley City (which will soon be served by a TRAX station as well).
  • Downtown Salt Lake City is home to at least 20 art galleries and antiques shops. A free downtown Gallery Stroll [38] is organized on the third Friday of every month. A "gallery row" of sorts is near 300 South and 200 East.
  • The Ballet West Ballet Company [39] perform regularly at Capitol Theater downtown.
  • The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company [40] perform contemporary dance at the Rose Wagner theater, also downtown.
  • The Utah Symphony / Utah Opera collaborative [41] perform at both Capitol Theater and Abravanel Hall.

Salt Lake City has always had a love affair with live theater, and several historic buildings were playhouses in the 1930s. Two professional companies maintain a full performance season:

  • Pioneer Theatre Company [42], who perform at the Pioneer Theatre on the University of Utah campus.
  • Salt Lake Acting Company [43], whose theater is north of downtown

There is an active improv comedy community [44], including several standing weekly or monthly performances. Salt Lake City is also home to Wise Guys Comedy Club, which features touring stand up comedians.

Kingsbury Hall, on the University of Utah Campus, features touring national plays, musicals, and other special performances. Red Butte Gardens [45] has a popular summer concert series in their amphitheater. The state-run event calendar Now Playing Utah lists touring acts and special events [46].

Movies are a passion for Salt Lakers, as Utah has served as the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters and Salt Lake is home to many film festivals (sure, you've heard of Sundance, but there are many more). The Salt Lake Film Society [47] runs two movie theaters showing only independent and foreign films, and special screenings of classic films. They also provide screenings for the Sundance Film Festival in January. The Tower Theatre on 876 East 900 South was built in 1921 and is the oldest Salt Lake theater still in operation. The Broadway Centre Cinemas on 300 South and 111 East are within walking distance of downtown hotels.

  • Granite Peaks Lifelong Learning [48] is part of the Granite School District in Salt Lake City and offers a wide variety of courses for serious education or for fun at a reasonable price. English as a second language, GED Prep and Food Handler's Permit classes are available, as well as a few Spanish-language courses. For those of you looking for something more fun, sign up for wine tasting, pottery or even ghost hunting!
  • The Univeristy of Utah Continuing Education Department [49] also offers classes on art, finance, foreign languages and a variety of specialty subjects.
  • Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street (across West Temple Street from the Assembly Hall), +1 801 240-2331, [50]. M 7:30AM-5PM, Tu-Sa 7:30AM-10PM. Search your family tree and study genealogy at the largest genealogy library in the world. Free.  edit


For many years, Utah has experienced a very low unemployment rate, however wages are less than the national average and have not kept up with the steady rise in housing and food costs.

Utah is an "employment at will" state where it is legal to fire an employee for any reason. In Utah, an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) frequently does not include equality for homosexuals. The best employment and job security is with larger national companies which have an active policy of non-discrimination.

  • Every city has a Main Street, and Salt Lake is no exception. This revitalized area is home to many ethnic restaurants, specialty shops, and was recently the location of Crossroads Mall and ZCMI Mall. The two malls have been closed down and are in the process of being demolished, in addition to several other buildings on the two blocks, to make way for the mixed-use City Creek Center, which is expected to open in 2011 and feature a new major shopping area for the city (complete with a skybridge over Main Street). Notable among Main Street stores is Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore, a local new and used book emporium. Note that construction will be ongoing on the two blocks bordering Main Street between 100 South and South Temple to make way for the new shopping center.
  • Salt Lake's Gateway Mall, 90 South 400 West. Hours: M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 12PM-6PM. A new development built in anticipation of the 2002 Winter Olympics. It was built on the site of the old Union and Rio Grande railway stations, and incorporates the Union building in its structure. Many national (and several local) mall stores can be found here. Stores include: Abercrombie & Fitch, Barnes & Noble, Victoria's Secret, Brookstone, PacSun, etc. Restaurants include Thaifoon, California Pizza Kitchen, The DoDo, etc. The Gateway is Utah's largest open air shopping district. The area also includes condominiums and office space.
  • Historic Trolley Square, 600 South 700 East. Shop among a nice selection of smaller boutiques along-side well known national chain retailers housed in and around Salt Lake City's former streetcar & trolley barns. Come visit the historic trolley square and enjoy its unique flavor of restaurants, boutique shops and services. Take in a movie or, one of the many every-changing events going on in-and-around the square.
  • Salt Lake's 9th & 9th, 900 South 900 East. Hours vary by store. This small eclectic neighborhood is a frequent hang out for University Students and the more diverse residents of the city. There are several coffee shops in the area, including Starbucks, the Coffee Garden and Cafe Expresso. Eat at one of the trendy and fun restaurants including Barbacoa and Great Harvest Bread Company. Be sure to visit the less-than-reverent Cahoots Cards and Gifts. Catch a movie or rent a video from the Tower Theatre, the home of Utah's alternative theatre for foreign, underground and Sundance Film Festival releases. Visit Contender Bicycles before setting out on a bicycle tour of Salt Lake City. This is an excellent starting and stopping point and is central to the Harvard/Yale neighborhood, Liberty Park, the University of Utah and downtown. Other shopping includes: Charlottes, The Square Nest-House to Home, Western Rivers Flyfisher (offering guided fly fishing tours in Utah), Chameleon Artwear, Hip and Humble, Koo De Ker, Gypsy Moon, Moroz Violins, Mutual Beauty Supply, The Country Homes Antiques, Children's Hour, Floribunda, The Yuppie Puppy and The Vug Rock and Gem Jeweler.


Fry sauce is a Utah specialty. What is it? Fry sauce is a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise (and other seasonings depending on what restaurant is making it) eaten on French fries. Fry sauce was created many years ago by the local fast food restaurant Arctic Circle and has since spread to the rest of Utah, as well as eastern Idaho. Almost any local (and many chain) restaurants will serve this tasty pink concoction. For more on Arctic Circle locations see: Arctic Circle Restaurants [51]

The local newspaper, City Weekly, has a comprehensive restaurant list on their website, including reviews (see "Cope").

  • Bambara, 202 South Main St. (Inside the Hotel Monaco), (801)-363-5454, [52]. M-F 7AM-10PM Sa-Su 8AM-11AM 5:30PM-10PM. Upscale dining serving New American type food. Eclectic décor, excellent service, a great bar and outstanding food make this worth the splurge. $20-$35.  edit
  • Blue Plate Diner, 2041 South 2100 East, (801)-463-1151, [53]. Su-Th 7AM-9PM F-Sa 7AM-10PM. Great breakfasts, funky décor, a great patio and reasonable prices bring the locals to this diner. Unlike most diners, they have plenty of vegetarian options. Expect a wait on weekend mornings.  edit
  • Brewvies cinema pub, 677 South 200 West, has a two movie theaters showing current movies. You can eat in the theaters and in the pub area (which includes pool tables). There are often special movie events and limited release showings. [54]
  • Cafe Trio, 680 South 900 East. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-10:30PM. Great flatbread, pizzas and pastas with a good selection of wine. Nice ambiance.
  • Cedars of Lebanon, 152 East 200 South, serves Moroccan and Lebanese food, and middle eastern dancers on weekends. [55]
  • Ichiban Sushi, 336 South 400 East. Daily 4PM-10PM. Sushi restaurant in a converted lutheran church.
  • I Love Sushi, 368 South State Street, [56]. Lunch: M-Sa 11AM-2:30PM; Dinner: M-Th 5PM-9:30PM, F,Sa 5AM-10PM. Great family run Sushi joint, less atmosphere than Ichiban, but more consistent on being good. The 007 roll is a great thing to try there.
  • Lamb's Cafe in the heart of downtown (on Main Street) is the oldest restaurant in the city (since 1919!) and serves Greek/classic diner food.[57]
  • Market Street Grill, 48 West Market Street, [58]. Breakfast: M-F 6:30AM-11AM; Sa 7AM-12PM; Su Brunch (Special Menu) 9AM-3PM. Lunch: M-F 11AM-3PM; Sat 12PM-3PM. Dinner: M-T 5PM-10PM; F 5PM-11PM; Sa 4PM-11PM; Su 4PM-9:30PM. Voted best breakfast in Salt Lake City, very good seafood restaurant.
  • Mazza, 1515 South 1500 East. 912 East 900 South. [59] M-Sa 11AM-9PM. Excellent Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food with plenty of vegan options along with a good supply of meat.
  • Moochie's Meatballs and More!, 232 East 800 South. M-Th 11AM-7PM, F,Sa 11AM-9PM. Great Italian food with an emphasis on Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.
  • The Pie Pizzeria, 1320 East 200 South, (801)-582-0193, [60]. M-Th 11AM-1AM F-Sa 11AM-3AM Su Noon-11PM. This Utah institution is in a dark but cozy basement right next to the University, and the walls are covered with the graffiti of patrons from the last twenty years. They serve salads and subs, but they’re famous for their giant and thickly loaded pizzas. Beer available. $6-$20.  edit
  • The Red Iguana, 736 West North Temple. +1 801 322-1489. [61] M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 10AM-9PM. This great Mexican restaurant is famous for its incredible moles. Consistently ranked among the best restaruants in the valley, it can get very crowded on weekend nights. $10-$20
  • Red Rock Brewing Company, 254 South 200 West, (801)-521-7446, [62]. F-Sa 11AM-Midnight Su-Th 11AM-11PM (Tavern open later). Excellent food, killer appetizers and even better beer. Try the French Onion Steak Sandwich or the Almond Crusted Trout. Winner of Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year at the 2007 Great American Brew Festival. $10-$25.  edit
  • Ruth's Diner is in Emigration Canyon [63]. Ruth's has a creek side patio and spectacular views of the canyon from a train car. The diner first opened in the 1930s, and is famous for "mile high" biscuits. Everything on the menu is good. Sunday brunch is typically very very busy.
  • Siegfried's Delicatessen, 20 West 200 South, is the city's most authentic German deli.
  • Spencer's for Steaks and Chops, 255 South West Temple, +1 801 238-4748, [64]. 11AM-2PM lunch and 5PM-11PM dinner. A steakhouse restaurant. Voted Best Steak in the city by Salt Lake Magazine.  edit
  • Squatter's, 147 West Broadway. M-Th 11AM-12AM, F 11AM-1AM, Sa 10:30AM-1AM, Su 10:30AM-12AM. Tasty local brewpub. Nice patio.
  • Training Table. They are approximately everywhere over the city. A good restaurant with fry sauce. Try their BLT.
  • The Bayou, 645 S. State St., (801)-961-8400, [65]. M-F 11AM-1AM, Sa-Su 5PM-1AM. A beer lover's paradise, The Bayou is home to 240 different kinds of beer from all over the world, with about 30 on tap. They also serve excellent creole food and feature live music most nights.  edit

Utah liquor laws

Utah's liquor laws are known as one of the more peculiar things about the state. Liquor is sold only in state-owned stores which can cost more than in other states - but are neat, clean and always well stocked. In fact, the wine stores are brimming with a surprising selection of wines. "Near-beer" (3.2% alcohol by weight/4% alcohol by volume, as opposed to the standard 4-5% alcohol by volume) replaces the usual brew, which is available in stores and restaurants. "Full strength," or, "Strong Beer," is available in bars and liquor stores. Also, state law prohibits the serving of more than 1.5 ounces of alcohol as the primary liquor in a mixed drink. This used to be circumvented with the purchase of a "sidecar" (a separate shot of liquor), but the laws have recently been amended. Secondary alcoholic flavorings may then be added to a mixed drink as the recipe requires.

Although liquor laws in Utah are more strict, they are not impossible. There are several kinds of establishments to know about:

  • Private club. Utah has recently changed its liquor laws and Private clubs are no more.
  • Tavern. A tavern is a bar that serves only beer and requires no "membership".
  • Restaurants. Many restaurants serve beer as well as hard liquor. No "membership" is required, but you must order food. You cannot order more than one drink (per person) at a time.
  • State Wine Store. There are approximately 10 state run wine stores [66] in Salt Lake City. One State Wine Store is located near downtown Salt Lake City (205 W 400 S; off-street parking). The wine prices vary significantly, but the store must sell the wine for at least 67% above cost (beer 75% above cost) plus state taxes. You cannot buy wine openers at the wine stores, so bring your own or be prepared to buy one somewhere else. The selection of wine is fairly large, but the selection of spirits is quite small and centered around "premium" spirits. There is also no case discount available.
  • Grand America Hotel, 555 South Main Street, (801) 258-6000, [67].
  • Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 South West Temple (Take I-80 east . Exit at 600 South. Follow 600 South to West Temple.(4 lights) Turn left on West Temple Hotel is 3 1/2 blocks on right), [68]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM.  edit
  • Hotel Monaco, 15 West 200 South, (801) 595-0000, [69]. A classy high rise with gorgeous rooms. It is primarily a business hotel (although it is just as comfortable as a typical luxury hotel), so look for discounts on the weekend.
  • Marriott University Park, 480 Wakara Way, (801)581-1000, [70].
  • Metropolitan Inn, 524 South West Temple, +1 801-531-7100, [71].  edit
  • Microtel Inn & Suites Airport, 61 North Tommy Tompson Road, Tel: (801) 236-2800, [72].
  • Quality Inn Airport, 1659 West North Temple, 801-533-9000, [73].  edit
  • Sheraton Hotel, 150 West 500 South, (801)401-2000. [74]. Four blocks from LDS Temple Square.
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Airport, 4955 Wiley Post Way, 801-532-6633, [75].  edit
  • The Avenues Hostel, 107 North F Street, +1 801 359-3855, toll free +1 877 467-8351, [76]. Beds start at $14 per night.
  • Camelot Guest House, 556 South 500 East, +1 801 688-6196, [77]. Beds start at $23 per night for one person or $34 per night for two.
  • Camelot Hostel, 165 West 800 South, +1 801 688-6196, [78]. Beds start at $18-23 per night for one person or $34 per night for two.
  • International UTE Hostel, 21 East Kelsey Ave, +1 801 595-1645, [79]. Beds start at $20 per night, private rooms at $45 per night. Free organic breakfast, free soup for supper. Wifi. Parking. The place for "joyful dance"!
  • Jefferson Guest House, 802 South Jefferson Street, +1 801 688-6196, [80]. Beds start at $23 per night for one person or $34 per night for two.
  • Utah International Hostel, 50 South 800 West, +1 801 359-4525, [81].

Stay safe

Crime: Compared to other major cities in the nation, Salt Lake City has relatively low violent crime rates but relatively high rates of property crime. Pioneer Park and the nearby homeless shelter is a popular hangout for drug dealers and should probably be avoided at night. The west-central and northwest areas of the valley tends to have more crime and gang-related activity. As in any other case, basic tips go a long way. Also, try to avoid the Rose Park and Glendale area at night.

Weather: The weather is generally mild and has few extreme weather events. It can become fairly hot during the summer, but humidity levels are low, while winter can see the occasional major, crippling snowstorm. A temperature inversion, where cold heavy air locks warm light air in the valley, are frequent in the winter months and can last for several weeks. During an inversion, the valleys quickly fill up with dense smog that leads to unhealthy air quality and becomes a hazard for those with asthma or other respiratory problems. Stenuous outdoor activity should be avoided during an inversion. Inversions only occur in the valleys and none of Utah's ski resorts experience temperature inversions.

Salt Lake City Main Library
Salt Lake City Main Library

Free wi fi access is available throughout the Downtown area and provided by many local restaurants and hotels.

The Salt Lake City Main Library [82] at 210 East 400 South in Downtown (+1 801 524-8200, open M-Th 9AM-9PM, F-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 1PM-5PM) has computers available for use. Visitors without a library card can use the express computers on the first floor or the free wireless. There are also five branch libraries - for these, visitors can register for an Internet Access Card (bring your picture ID); there is no wireless access at the branch libraries yet.

  • Salt Lake Tribune, [83]. The Trib is the main Salt Lake daily newspaper
  • Deseret Morning News, [84]. Another major newspaper in the city - this one tends to be slightly more biased towards the LDS Church but is otherwise a traditional newspaper
  • In Utah This Week, [85]. Weekly paper covering current and upcoming entertainment events.
  • Salt Lake City Weekly, [86]. Salt Lake's answer to the Village Voice, the Weekly is a paper covering music, theatre, arts, and current events.
  • Salt Lake Underground, [87]. SLUG is a monthly music magazine.
  • Kennecott Copper Mine is located about thirty miles southwest of Salt Lake City, and is one of the largest open-pit copper mines in the world.
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